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Guest lectures by Professor Radu Bojoi and Professor Ralph Kennel


23.09.2019 kl. 10.00 - 12.00


There will be two guest lectures on September 23 prior to the PhD defence of Hechao Wang


Testing of AC motors


Prof. Radu Bojoi, from Politecnico di Torino, Italy


10:00 -11:00

About the lecturer

Radu Bojoi received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Iasi, Romania, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2002. He is currently a Full Professor of power electronics and electrical drives and the Director of the Power Electronics Innovation Center.

He has published more than 150 papers covering power electronics and electrical drives for industrial applications, transportation electrification, power quality, and home appliances. He was involved in many research projects with industry for direct technology transfer aiming at obtaining new products. He was a co-recipient of five prize paper awards, the last one as the IEEE-IAS Prize Paper Award, in 2015.

He is the IEEE fellow from 2019. Within IEEE he is the chair of the Electrical Machines Technical Commitee of the Industrial Elecctronics Society from 2019 to 2020. Furthermore he is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.



Encoderless Control of AC Drives Recent Achievements – Realistic and Unrealistic Expectations


Prof. Ralph Kennel, from Technische Universität München, Germany


11:00 -12:00

About the lecturer

Ralph M. Kennel was born in 1955 at Kaiserslautern (Germany). In 1979 he got his diploma degree and in 1984 his Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Kaiserslautern.

From 1983 to 1999 he worked on several positions with Robert BOSCH GmbH (Germany). Until 1997 he was responsible for the development of servo drives. Dr. Kennel was one of the main supporters of VECON and SERCOS interface, two multi-company development projects for a microcontroller and a digital interface especially dedicated to servo drives. Furthermore he took actively part in the definition and release of new standards with respect to CE marking for servo drives.

Between 1997 and 1999 Dr. Kennel was responsible for "Advanced and Product Development of Fractional Horsepower Motors" in automotive applications. His main activity was preparing the introduction of brushless drive concepts to the automotive market.

From 1994 to 1999 Dr. Kennel was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England, UK). From 1999 - 2008 he was Professor for Electrical Machines and Drives at Wuppertal University (Germany). Since 2008 he is Professor for Electrical Drive systems and Power Electronics at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany). His main interests today are: Sensorless control of AC drives, predictive control of power electronics and Hardware-in-the-Loop systems.

Dr. Kennel is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Fellow of IET (former IEE) and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. Within IEEE he was Treasurer of the Germany Section as well as Region 8 – furthermore he has been Distinguished Lecturer of the Power Electronics Society (IEEE-PELS).

Dr. Kennel has received in 2013 the Harry Owen Distinguished Service Award from IEEE-PELS as well as the EPE Association Distinguished Service Award in 2015.

Dr. Kennel was appointed “Extraordinary Professor” by the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) from 2016 to 2019 and as “Visiting Professor” at the Haixi Institute by the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2016 to 2021. There he was appointed as "Jiaxi Lu Overseas Guest Professor" in 2017. In 2018 Dr. Kennel was appointed Guest Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China.

THE guest lectures WILL TAKE PLACE in Pon 105 in room 4.127 and all are welcome.



Department of Energy Technology


Pontoppidanstræde 105, room 4.127